Updated: 1:59 p.m. Thursday, July 24, 2014 | Posted: 1:28 p.m. Thursday, July 24, 2014

Catholic Health Partners undergoes name change

The state’s largest health system now called Mercy Health.

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By Hannah Poturalski

Staff Writer

CINCINNATI —

Ohio’s largest health system and fourth-largest employer, Catholic Health Partners, has officially changed its name to Mercy Health.

The name change, announced Thursday, illustrates the system’s concerted effort to work as a collective unit across its seven markets to increase the sharing of best practices to increase efficiency and eventually lower costs for the patient, said Maureen Richmond, spokeswoman for Mercy Health.

“The name change is an outward symbol that we’re working together,” Richmond said.

The system, headquartered in Cincinnati, already operates under the “Mercy” name in five of its current seven markets: Mercy Health in Cincinnati, which operates Mercy Health — Fairfield Hospital; Mercy in Toledo; Mercy in Lorain; Community Mercy Health Partners in Springfield; and Mercy in Paducah, Ky.

The system also operates St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima, Ohio and Humility of Mary Health Partners in Youngstown.

Mercy Health employs over 32,000 employees in Ohio and Kentucky. With $6 billion in assets, Mercy Health operates more than 250 health facilities, including 23 hospitals, eight senior living communities, five hospice programs and seven home health agencies, according to the system.

Over the next several years, the Mercy Health name will be phased into all system facilities. This allows patients to retain the trust, confidence and security they currently have in physician, hospital and outpatient facilities that have served their communities for more than a century, according to the health system.

In addition, the Ministry’s website will change to mercy.com.

“We start with our patients at the center of every decision,” said Kristen Hall Wevers, Mercy Health’s chief brand, marketing and communications officer. “Simplifying our operating structure improves our ability to maximize our clinical quality and cost effectiveness, and allows us to improve the overall experience patients and their families have when they seek our services in times of need.”

The system incorporated in 1986 as Mercy Health Care System and changed its name to Catholic Healthcare Partners in 1997. The name was later shortened to Catholic Health Partners to reflect its growing emphasis on preventative care and overall wellness.

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